At 8 a.m. Saturday morning (June 23), thirty volunteers of all ages will report to the First Congregational Church of West Tisbury to wash, cut and cull strawberries, a process that takes over four hours to complete.

“Sometimes we have to slow down on the talking, and get cutting and culling, it’s really so much fun” said Peggy Yoars, who has chaired the church’s strawberry festival with her husband Peter for the past 11 years. This year marks the 24th annual for the festival and it is definitely no small affair.
In addition to the prep time, (525 pounds of strawberries don’t cull themselves), there will be close to 1,000 strawberry shortcake fans from all parts of the Island descending on the church. Consider it an opportunity to nosh alongside neighbors, friends and friendly strangers. It is also a last chance cure for strawberry cravings; after all, the season is just now ending.
 Shortcake biscuits topped with strawberries, ice cream and real whipped cream lead the menu. For the purists, there will be pints and quarts of fresh strawberries to eat in or take home. Strawberry smoothies made with orange juice, fresh strawberries and real syrup, or freshly-squeezed lemonade will also be on hand to wash it all down in a river of red deliciousness.
All funds raised benefit the capital campaign to improve the church building.
The festival begins at noon and lasts until 4 p.m.
For more information call 508-693-2842.